10 Of The Most Famous Women In Indian History
Anandi Gopal Joshi: She was the first female doctor in India and the first Indian woman to obtain a medical degree in the United States.
Indira Gandhi: She was the first and only woman to be the Prime Minister of India.
Justice M. Fathima Beevi became the first female judge who was appointed to the Supreme Court of India in 1989.
Kalpana Chawla: She was the first Indian woman in space and died tragically in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
Mother Teresa: She dedicated her life to helping the poor and was the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.
Reita Faria Powel: She is an Indian model, doctor, and beauty queen, who won Miss World 1966 to become the first Asian woman to win the title. She also went on to become the first Miss World winner to qualify as a doctor
Arati Saha: She became the first Indian and Asian woman to swim across the English Channel in the year 1959. She also became the first female sportsperson to be awarded Padma Shri in 1960.
Pratibha Patil: She became the first woman President of India and held office from July 2007 to July 2012.
Sarla Thakral: She received the license for flying aircraft when she was only 21 years old. She became the first Indian woman to fly an aircraft. After earning the license, she completed one thousand hours of flying an aircraft and became the first woman pilot to obtain an ‘A’ license. She also achieved the title of the first Indian to get an airmail pilot’s license.
Bachendri Pal: She became the first Indian woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest In 1984. Later, she led expeditions in 1993, 1994, and 1997 with a team comprising of only women in ‘Indo-Nepalese Women’s Mount Everest Expedition,’ ‘The Great Indian Women’s Rafting Voyage’ and ‘First Indian Women Trans-Himalayan Expedition.’